Clipped From The Westminster Budget
24 THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET FEBRUARY 17, 1899 attributed .to Schallopat Manchester, 1890, I came across ."between Schurnoff and SATURDAY , February 11. INTERNATIONAL CHESS TOURNAMENT, LONDON, 1899. During the past three months great progress has'been made in the movement to organise the International Chess Tournament to be held in London during the coming summer, and the Committee have acquired St. Stephen's Great Hall, adjoining the Royal Aquarium, with entrance from Prince's-street, Westminster, where the Tournament will be held during the six or seven weeks commencing May 30. Some little difficulty was anticipated in finding a suitable hall, the Tournament being fixed to take place during the height of the London season, and the Committee are to be congratulated on securing such a fine hall, capable of holding a very large company and so well situated for sightseers. A very strong Committee has been formed, of which Sir George Newnes, President of the British and City of London Chess Clubs, is President, and including, among the hundred or more names, the Marquis of Ripon, Viscounts Cobham and Folkestone, the Lord Chief Justice,,Lord Rayleigh, F.R.S. ; a strong contingent of Members of the House of Commons, including the Attorney-General, Sir Wm. Hart Dyke, and Mr. Henniker Heaton, and the Presidents of all the leading Chess Clubs and Associations throughout the kingdom. It is proposed to hold a Double Round Tournament limited to about sixteen players, and a Single Round Tournament of twenty or more players not competing in the Double Round Tournament. £1,000 has been promised towards the,Prize Fund, which should amount to about £1,500. The joint hon. secretaries are Mr. Junius L. Cope, Hon. Secretary of the British Chess Club, which is taking a leading part in the matter, and Mr. J. W. Russell, Hon. Secretary of the City of London Chess Club. Subscriptions; to the Prize Fund may be sent to them at the British Chess Club, 5, Whitehall-court, S.W. '____________ The following "cutting " has been sent to us by a correspondent accompanied by the letter below. There is nothing in it worthy ot notice except the sensational heading : . '•'A BIT OF PAUL MO'RPHV FOR STUDENTS. " We give below a game that has the merit of being one of the shortest on record, and it shows what a master hand can do against a weak opponent : QUEEN'S BISHOP'S PAWN OPENING. Black. P to K4 KKt to B3 Kt x P KB to KB4 Kt x KBP • -NOTES. •• , "(a) The master move ; no matter what Black does he loses the game, yet an onlooker would imagine that he had White on toast." DEAR SIR ,—The enclosed cutting is from the Tasmanian Dally Telegraph. In criticism of the footnote and of the general.position, is not 5...P to Q4 a complete answer to the " master move," and one, too, which gives Black a marked superiority ? The continuation might be : Q x P K to K2 B to R6 • '7...._—: ... s. ' . 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. White. P to K4 PtoQB3 P to Q4 QP x P Q to KKt4 (a) ,6. 7. 8. 9. White. Q x KKtP QB to.KKt5 Fx P B x R and wins Black. KR to Bsq ]' interposes R x V 6. R to B Sq KB to B4 9. although he the "master move 1 '?— • WHITE KNIGHT." B x P ch Q x RP -—- , and White's game is not promising, Q to R5 . is a Pawn to the good. Can you iustify Yours, &c, To the Chess Editor, W.B. To attribute the above to Paul Morphy is an insult to the greatest chess genius- of all times. The conductor of the Black forces is a mere tyro. The best move is 4... P to Q4. The "master move" would.be made,by anybody* it being so utterly obvious. 5...Kt x P bears the trade mark,of a " weak opponent," the best play being indicated by our correspondent in the above letter. Finally, the " master hand,", it appears, did not consider it worth while to continue with the more forcible 8. B to K2 threatening,9..B to,R5 ch with fatal effect, but contented himself with the; p'rosaic ending in the text. Our correspondent, however, need not go as^far, as, Jamaica for the "master hand "style. Somehow we faticy that there is a familiar ring about it. We have also received the following letter DEAR SIR ,—Would the two enclosed games interest readers? In. view> of the novelty in the Janowsky-Steinitz games recently, these old ones .which I lately lighted upon seem very interesting. - .... '.^ i> ••>_• ' • I might mention also the move 3...Kt to KB3 in the King's Gambit., I believe Jaenisch-in'the sixties.^Ypurs ;fai£hfully, 15, Pnilpot-Iane, 1 E.C., January 10. J. Kolisch. Black. 1. PtoK4 2. PtoKB4 3. B to B4 4. Kt to QB3 5. Q to K2 6. P to KR4 7. PtoQ4 . 8. R x Kt 9. BxP 10. B to Q6 11. Kt to B3 12. P to K5 13. B to Kt3 J 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 3.. Kolisch. White. P to K4 PtoKB4 B to B4 Kt to QB3 P to Q4 P to KR4 P to R5 P to KKt3 -\ BisHOP's S.' Rosenthal. White. P to K4 P x P - Kt to K2 P to QB3 PtoKKi4 KttoKt3 Kt x P P x R B to Kt 2 Q to Kt4 Q to R3 P to Kt4 B to R3 - BISHOP'S S. Rosenthal. Black. P to K4 P x P Kt to K2 P to Q3 P to KKt4 Kt to Kt3 Kt to K2 P x P GAMBIT. : ' J. Kolisch. : Black. 14. Kt to K4 15. Q to B2 16. QKt to'Kt5 17. Ktto B7 18. P 16Kb 19. K to Q2 / 20. R to K sq 21. K to Q'sq 22. RxB 23. P x P dis. ch 24. R to K7 ch 25. B to K6 J^f. MEARES. S. Rosenthal. - White. P;to Kt5 Qto B5 P to B3 R to Kt sq Q to. K5 ch Q to Kt3 B to R3 eh B to K7ch Kt to R3 RxP K to B sq INlate GAMBIT. J. Kolisch. White. 9. BxP Kt to Q5 B x Q KB x P ch Q to K2 R to R2 Q to B2 RxP 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. ago. S. Rosenthal. Black. ' RtoKtsq Kt x Kt Kt to K6 K xQB P to Kt7 R to Kt6 Kt to B8 Resigns ,Kt to K2 is an unsatisfactory defence abandoned nearly forty years Steinitz had the courage not only to revive it, but to adopt it in the Vienna Tournament four times. He lost with Janowsky, drew with Halprin, and beat both Maroczy and Marco ; but not on the merits of the defence. But Steinitz played it better than, at that time, young Rosenthal. The KKtP must riot be moved ; but 5...Kt to Kt3. The sacrifice 8. R x Kt s perfectly sound, giving a violent attack which Black cannot repel with his undeveloped forces. The defence in the second game is still worse, as he has to lose the Queen in order to save mate. The two games sent to us by Mr. Meares were played when M. Rosenthal was just beginning to work up a reputation as the coming rival of the celebrated master, Kolisch, then resident in Paris. A match was arranged, Rosenthal won the first game and lost the remaining seven. Rosenthal wishing to explain his defeat a few years later said in his broken French : When I played Kolisch I was so weak a player that I could have given the odds of a Knight to myself. PROBLEM No. 145.—By K. ErUn. BLACK. - , ; WHITE. "'. White to play and mate in two moves. • .-• - -SOLUTION OF PROBLEM NO . 144. 1. Q to Kt2, K to R4 ; 2. P to R4, P x P or PxPe.p. 3. Q mates. HIS EXCELLENCY AND HIS DOG. Indignation has been-aroused in Ceylon on account of Sir West Ridgevyay, the Governor, of the island, having booked his passage to England next month by the German steamer Barbarossa. There are a number of British steamship lines touching at Colombo. It was thought that Sir West Ridgeway should have booked by one olthese lines instead of by a German line, heavily subsidised and run with the ostensible purpose of cutting out British mercantile shipping. Sir West has now given his reason for selecting the German Barbarossa, says the Mail. He wants to bring his dog home, and the rules are so rigid on British liners that he has had to choose, a^ German boat, - ivhere there are no stringent regulations angnt^ canine 1 VGompainons^ -So, for the sake of the dog, the Governor travels in a heavily subsidised German steamer.